External validation from people or outside circumstances cannot determine your true happiness or worth. True and lasting happiness comes from within you and can be unlocked by learning the art of meditation – Warren Munitz
If life is what you make of it, then meditation is the process that helps you gain a deeper understanding of yourself and others so you can align with the greatest power within to help create the life you desire.
When people first choose to learn the art of meditation, they struggle, and many just give up. Because there are so many different methods and techniques to choose from, it can be overwhelming. However, once you’ve found the type of meditation that works for you, you must stick to it. Results are not usually immediate; instead they are cumulative in nature; in other words, the more you practice, the more you will benefit from it.
Guidance and support with meditation are crucial as you access deeper and deeper parts of the psyche.
Meditation is an ancient art which originated in India. It has displayed great transformations in the lives of people as far back as 1500 BCE. Just like exercising keeps your body healthy, meditation keeps your mind and “soul” healthy.
When you practice meditation, you train your mind to uncover altered states of consciousness. You experience altered states of consciousness all the time; for example, sleeping, dreaming and daydreaming. However, these aren’t the only altered states of consciousness available to us.
Meditation is both a process and a state of mind that triggers the unfoldment of your true Self. A person needs to travel down a road of preparation before beginning meditation. Without the necessary preparation and concentration, one cannot reach a state of meditation.
Meditation is entirely natural, everyone has access to it. You don’t have to be a great mystic or philosopher. Very little is required to start meditating. You’ll need to:
You can only reach a state of meditation with dedication, patience, perseverance and an attitude of surrender. Meditation comes after concentration and concentration comes after the withdrawal of the senses; the internalization of attention. When meditating, you will become aware of what is commonly known as the unconscious, while remaining fully alert.
Concentration is the focus of attention toward a single point. To be able to reach a state of meditation, one must concentrate. Continuous concentration without disruption is key.
Meditation is the uninterrupted flow of one’s focus on a single point until awareness of the focused object and the process of focusing become absorbed into one other. Meditation is only uncovered through disciplined and consistent practice.
That elusive state of mind, known as meditation, already exists inside you. By training and disciplining your mind, you’ll learn to let go and no longer be seduced by your own negative or distorted thinking.
Meditation can without a doubt benefit you in every way and help you improve your quality of life. There are various techniques you can explore, but the basis of meditation has always been self-awareness, integration and psychological well-being.
The art and practice of meditation have been proven to give you the ability to take a step back, focus and get perspective on any situation. If you’re feeling burnt out, stressed or overwhelmed by emotions, meditation can be an exceptional way to deal with the challenges in daily life.
The practice initially leads you to a state of relaxation, reducing your body’s need for oxygen, lowering your respiratory rate. Blood flow to our organs increases due to the relaxed body state, while your heart rate decreases.
Meditation changes your brain, helping you make sense of the array of disorganized thoughts cluttering your mind. When in a state of meditation, you’re able to direct your attention and build and strengthen neural connections in your brain. This ‘shaping of your brain’ via internal and external input is known as neuroplasticity; which is the term used for the brain’s ability to “rewire” itself. What this means is that you can “upgrade” your brain and maximize your potential by practicing meditation.
Since the beginning of time, individuals on the road to self-mastery have used meditation as the primary method to get them there. Meditation enhances self-awareness, increases confidence, enhances creativity and strengthens your powers of critical thinking.
Through meditation, you can face and conquer fears and unfulfilled desires that you never even knew you had. You will gain a deeper understanding of yourself as you journey through your inner world.
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